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Sticking with the latin sounds of ’73, here’s an unusual collection released on RCA. Unusual in the sense that all the tunes are original compositions by Pete Winslow and Jack Seymour, who were at that time in-demand composers/arrangers of music for TV, film and radio (Winslow was also the artist behind the BBC’s “Girl On The Testcard” album, which I simply must post here sometime).

Aside from the freshness of the original tunes, there’s a special flavour to this album, on account of the distinctive arrangements.  Something about the way Silvia King’s wordless vocal harmonies gel with Derek Warne’s vibraphone and Jack Emblow’s ‘Transichord’ organ, over Hadyn Jackson’s drums and Alf Bigdon’s latin percussion makes for a magical atmosphere that’s no doubt rooted in my subliminal childhood exposure to testcard muzak.

Plus, the sultry brunette on the sleeve is a total babe.

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  1. I went to America for a week and all I got was a 3-LP Fantasia soundtrack (1957?) on Buena Vista, which includes a gorgeous stapled-in booklet featuring notes and original artwork and a scratchy slightly disappointing (i.e. somewhat blanched) album called Spirituals (1950s?) by the Howard University Choir.

    Still, the two most recent re-issues on Mississippi Records, one by Rev. Overstreet and the other by Clara Rockmore, as well as a “U Cheated” 12″ by Deadboy, were waiting for me on my return. Presented by Shirleigh and Robert Moog, the Rockmore LP may be of particular interest, featuring as it does, virtuoso theremin interpretations of classiscal pieces accompanied by piano. Sweet gatefold sleeve and notes out the wazoo and all.

  2. oh yeah, clara Rockmore is a legend. sounds tempting!

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